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The European Unified Patent Court (UPC) – which centralizes patent litigation throughout most of the EU – is on track to go live in late 2016 or early 2017. The new UPC is expected to rival and potentially surpass US courts as the preferred venue for major patent disputes, as US companies will be able to obtain an EU-wide injunction via a single litigation, instead of having to litigate in each jurisdiction. This will drastically reduce costs and improve enforcement, but it won’t be easy. The new system and the changes in procedure and process are complex. Companies must assess multiple factors to decide in advance whether to participate or opt-out. This panel comprised of lawyers dually qualified in the US and UK will focus on how the UPC will impact IP filing and enforcement strategies of US companies, and answer questions such as: What strategic planning should US companies be doing now to prepare for the UPC?; What are the best practices to protect US companies’ patent portfolios in Europe?; What are the commercial advantages of opting-in or out of the UPC?; How will early UPC participants shape the new court system?; How do US companies decide whether to opt-in or opt-out?; How do US companies approach product clearance and FTO in Europe, particularly as applied in licensing and acquisitions?; What are the options for mitigating significant competitor patent risk before it is exacerbated by the UPC?
- Program MaterialsDrafting Global Consumer Warranty Terms and Conditions for Multiple Jurisdictions for the Unknown Consumer
This program will explain the most common pitfalls that manufacturers and service providers face with uniform “global” warranty terms and conditions. The program will address aspects relating to public policy rules, choice of law issues and logistic problems of global warranties, as well as provide recommendations on how to draft global warranty terms and conditions.
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The panel will discuss effective crisis management and exit strategies and will provide practical advice on how to successfully deal with crises such as political instability, international terrorism and pandemics in the countries where your company operates.